Yes, our October issue contains profiles about designers and gorgeous photos of models, but it also gives us the chance to learn more about fashion as an art form. We asked Loyalty Bookstore’s Amani Jackson for book recommendations about fashion for all ages and interest levels. Whether you’re a globe-trotting model, a kiddo interested in design or just a Maxxonista (a person who shops at
T.J. Maxx — which is everyone, don’t lie), there’s a book for you.
For the fashion historian
These are a few fashion sourcebooks, which mostly contain images of fashion trends from specific decades.
“1930s Fashion: The Definitive Sourcebook” by Charlotte Fiell
“1940s Fashion: The Definitive Sourcebook” by Charlotte Fiell
“Fashion Since 1900” by Amy de la Haye + Valerie Mendes
For the Afro-centric art appreciator
Highlights African designers, textiles and trends, as well as the continent’s value in the fashion world.
“Africa in Fashion: Luxury, Craft and Textile Heritage” by Ken Kweku Nimo
“Africa: The Fashion Continent” by Emmanuelle Courrèges
For the dream of the ’90s
Highlights ’90s fashion photographers and supermodels.
“Captivate! Fashion Photography From the ’90s” edited by Claudia Schiffer
For the Anglophile
Highlights the British photographer who changed fashion photography forever.
“Terence Donovan Fashion” compiled by Diana Donovan and David Hillman
For the Black vanguard
Explores the intersection of art, fashion and photography. Highlights Black fashion photographers who use the medium to create art as opposed to selling a product.
“The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion” by Antwaun Sargent
For the late, great Virgil Abloh
These books highlight the design processes of the late designer.
“Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech” edited by Michael Darling
“Virgil Abloh. Nike. ICONS.” by Virgil Abloh
For why we look the way we look
An in-depth look at how clothing and rules around it represent the current state.
“Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History” by Richard Thompson Ford
For the eco-centric
A history of clothes and fast fashion’s effect on humanitarian rights and the environment. Explains the journey of different textiles to the rack.
“Worn: A People’s History of Clothing” by Sofi Thanhauser
For some fiction
A romance about a stylist.
“Meant to Be Mine” by Hannah Orenstein
For the kids
A little girl named Mary loves to dress up to the extreme: feather boas, bright patterns. She meets other fairy tale kids and teaches them to have fun with clothes.
“Mary Had a Little Glam” by Tammi Sauer
A brother and sister wear each other’s clothes regardless of gender stereotypes.
“Tabitha and Magoo Dress Up Too” by Michelle Tea
A little boy loves the orange dress in the dress up room but gets teased.
“Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress” by Christine Baldacchino
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